Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia out of lineup with sore hamstring, David Ortiz scheduled off day

Ryan Hannable
July 24, 2015 - 12:42 pm
Categories: 

Two of the Red Sox' premier players are out of the lineup Friday night against the Tigers -- Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. Pedroia (hamstring) returned from the disabled list last Friday after the All-Star break and played in six games on the road trip, but Friday will be his second straight game missed. The second baseman has gone 1-for-22 since his return. Thursday was a scheduled off day, but Friday he felt some soreness in the hamstring. "€œHe'€™s still feeling a little bit in the hamstring," manager John Farrell said. "Yesterday was a planned off-day. Coming out of that, he still feels some of the same symptoms, not to the severity obviously that he went on the DL with, but there'€™s still a little bit or soreness in the hamstring and we'€™re being cautious right now." For Ortiz, who played in all seven games of the road trip, it's a scheduled off day. He hit .259 on the trip. The designated hitter is a career .370 hitter against Friday's Tigers starter Justin Verlander. "David'€™s a little bit sore, but this is a scheduled off-day as we'€™ve rotated other guys through as well," Farrell said. The team flew back from Houston earlier in the day Friday, landing in Boston at 1:30 and getting to Fenway Park around 2:25. It's a much different feel from the last time they were home. Prior to the All-Star break the team entered the series against the Yankees only five games out in the division. Now, following dropping nine of their last 10 games, they are a season-high 12 games out in the AL East. "This has been a frustrating and disappointing road trip that we'€™ve come off of," Farrell said. "We assembled and reassembled back coming out of the All-Star break in Anaheim optimistic, energized. We ran into a hot team. We didn'€™t make a couple of pitches in some key spots. Opportunities we didn'€™t cash in on. "Ultimately the record is what it is on this road trip. That'€™s been extremely disappointing. There'€™s frustration. I think if you'€™re looking for tangible signs of how the competitiveness is still there, that was evident last night in that game where we take the lead, we give it back, we come right back and tie it. There'€™s no lack of fight, and yet, the wins have not been there."